MSIF October 2013 Council, Board and Committee meetings

MSIF’s biennial Council, Board and Committee Meetings were held on 7-8 October, immediately following the MS World Conference. More than 80 delegates from countries including Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Latvia, Lebanon, Palestinian Authority and Turkey attended the meetings in Berlin, Germany.

Highlights included the presentation of the Wolfensohn Award toSvetlana Goronkova from Russia, the election of a new Board and Nominating Committee and the Charcot lecture, given byProfessor Stephen Hauser

Professor Hauser delivering the Charcot lecture

Wolfensohn Award recipient Svetlana Goronkova said "We are grateful to be here in this beautiful event in this beautiful city. I hope we will help people with MS all over the world. I was very pleased to hear that we must all work together to share our experiences."

Svetlana Goronkova with MSIF's People with MS Advisory Committee

In addition, National Contact Persons with MS were able to gather for the first time since the people with MS workshop in Chicago in 2009 at a People with MS Forum. In a very productive meeting, people with MS had an opportunity to comment on MSIF’s areas of work. The meeting also included an update on the international Progressive MS Alliance and a thought-provoking panel debate on how MS organisations and MSIF communicate the realities of living with MS.

People with MS Forum

Other highlights were updates on World MS Day and MSIF’s capacity building work in the Arab region. During a meeting of CEOs from MS societies around the world, the group heard about the key findings from theAtlas of MS 2013 which was launched at the ECTRIMS congress in Copenhagen on 4 October.